Tea isn’t just for drinking! In this post, we share our Peach Tea BBQ Sauce, made with Bigelow Perfect Peach Herb Tea. Plus, get other ideas on how we celebrated the 4th of July Bigelow Tea style!
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One of the coolest things that has happened in my world recently is that I’ve been able to work with Bigelow Tea. In May, David and I traveled to South Carolina to spend time with the Bigelow Tea family and their employees. The trip was without a doubt, one of the most amazing things that I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking part in (I’ll be sharing several posts all about my trip very soon). Before working with Bigelow Tea, I didn’t even know they were a family owned company. And yes, by family owned, I mean TRULY family owned. I didn’t know the special story about their “Constant Comment” tea. And I didn’t know I could feel such a special connection with a company.
Because of how grateful I am to be able to work with Bigelow, I decided to have what I call our Bigelow 4th of July. I love drinking their tea, but I also love creating with it. It’s fun to play in my kitchen and come up with recipes using Bigelow Tea — not only is it high quality and delicious, but it’s so inexpensive that I can go crazy with my recipe development. So, our 4th of July was full of having fun with Bigelow Tea and making it the star of our family barbecue.
One of the main things we made for the 4th of July was a Peach Tea Barbecue Sauce. Well, I say we…but it was actually David. That man is obsessed with barbecue sauces (you should see our stockpile of it) and he loves to create new flavors. He has several tea-based bbq sauces that he’s been working on, but today he’s ready for me to share the Peach Tea Barbecue Sauce which he made with Bigelow Perfect Peach Herb Tea.
To make the sauce, David uses the entire box — all 20 tea bags. But the great thing is that Bigelow Tea won’t cost you a lot even though you are using the entire box. We bought ours at Walmart and the price is only $2.18 a box. You can see our full shopping trip at Walmart here.
The tea bags are steeped in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water, which ends up creating a very concentrated peach tea.
Right after steeping, you remove the herbal tea bags and squeeze them. Brown sugar is added right away so that it will dissolve into the hot, concentrated tea.
The rest of the ingredients are added and the sauce is simmered on the stove until it reaches your desired thickness. It makes about 1 generous cup of sauce or about 11 oz.
We used our Peach Tea BBQ Sauce on our pork spareribs, but you could use it on just about anything.
As a matter of fact, we love this sauce so much that we’ve already made another batch that we’ll be using on grilled chicken soon. After it’s made, we allow it to cool and store it in a glass canning jar in the refrigerator.
Here’s the recipe, ready for you to print or save to your ZipList:
- 1½ cups water
- 20 Bigelow Perfect Peach Herb Tea Bags
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off heat and add tea bags to the water, making sure all of them are in the water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and squeeze them gently for any tea left in the bags.
- Add brown sugar to the hot tea concentrate and stir until dissolved. Add remaining ingredients to tea concentrate and still until combined. Heat mixture on low-medium, stirring frequently. Continue heating until sauce has reach desired thickness. Remove from heat and either use immediately, or allow to cool and store in refrigerator.
But, of course our Bigelow 4th of July didn’t end there. The beverage of the day was…what else? Bigelow Green Iced Tea. It’s been so hot here in Vegas that I knew I better make extra, so I brewed up two large 64 ounce pitchers of it.
One pitcher was left simple without any additions and the other one had frozen pineapple chunks added to it. The kids really like this one and it was gone in no time! Stayed tuned here at Home Cooking Memories because I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make a perfect pitcher of Bigelow tea very soon.
Because I wanted to make our Green Tea even more special, so I created a Malibu Rum Simple Syrup for the adults to use for sweetening their Green Tea. It was so good!
You can learn how to make it here: Malibu Rum Simple Syrup
Of course, it’s not 4th of July without lots of red, white and blue! I thought it would be perfect to make something fun with Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herb Tea for our 4th of July family BBQ. This was my first time trying this herb tea and it’s definitely a keeper!
Since it’s so very hot here in Vegas, I decided to make something with the Blueberry Tea that would cool everyone off. I made Blueberry Tea Popsicles. The cool thing is that they are blueberry flavor, but as you can see in the photo below, the results are actually a redish-purple. So, I’m going to consider these popsicles patriotic with their red and blue.
You can learn how to make these here: Blueberry Tea Popscicles.
And you can’t have the 4th of July without fireworks! This year, we did something different. We didn’t buy fireworks and we didn’t attend a busy 4th of July festival. Right as it was getting dark, we got in our van and drove to a quiet spot just off the highway that had a few of the Las Vegas Strip, plus the entire Vegas valley. We stood in the dark desert together, watching all the firework displays — big and small — all across Vegas. As first I worried that we’d be too far away to enjoy them, but it was perfect. We could left to right and see fireworks everywhere in Vegas. It was a beautiful sight, and the moment was so peaceful being away from crowds and the city. It was truly a moment to remember for us….I even did an Instagram video of it:
I hope you enjoyed our Peach Tea BBQ Sauce and all of the other tea ideas. I know for us, having Bigelow Tea as part of our 4th of July festivities was a perfect way to celebrate. I’ve got more ideas up my sleeve that use Bigelow Tea, so be sure to keep watch here at Home Cooking Memories
Also, check out this summer e-guide for lots of great ideas!